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Jun 29 • 2013 • BotanicalEdistoMemorialNew YorkOrangeburgRosariansRose Gardens

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Edisto Memorial Gardens is poised to be catapulted into the international spotlight.

During a visit to Orangeburg last week, Pat Shanley of the Great Rosarians of the World™ steering committee announced the gardens have been nominated for and will be receiving the distinguished Great Rosarians of the World™ Rose Garden Hall of Fame Award for 2014. As Jay Hiers, superintendent of the Orangeburg Parks and Recreation Department, gave Shanley, who is also vice president of the American Rose Society, a tour of Edisto Memorial Gardens, she explained the purpose of the award. “This award is to promote a wider knowledge and appreciation of our treasured botanical gardens to the rose growing world and the gardening public,” Shanley said. “I believe that the Edisto Memorial Rose Gardens meets all of the qualifications and more. In addition, the garden is a major part of the recreational and educational facilities in Orangeburg, and this is a major accomplishment that should be recognized.” To be considered for the award, a rose garden must be open to the public (with or without a fee); be recognized as having an outstanding design or historical significance; display an outstanding collection or broad display of roses; and/or promote rose growing with educational outreach programs. Hiers said he is pleased Edisto Gardens will join this select listing. “We are definitely pleased to be considered for the Great Rosarians of the World™ Rose Garden Hall of Fame out of all the other rose gardens across America,” he said. There are nearly 5,000 rose plants in the main display at the gardens, which is open year-round to the public, dawn to dusk, free of charge. Edisto Memorial Gardens grows and evaluates new, unnamed varieties of roses in its ARS Award of Excellence Test Garden, which has space for more than 270 specimens. Hiers is currently testing five Great American Rose Selections entries for 2013. After two years of testing, their merits will be considered, and qualifying varieties will be named and released for sale within the rose industry. The city of Orangeburg also offers the ARS Kidz n Roses program, which is available to local schools. Accompanying Shanley on her tour of Edisto Memorial Gardens were rose hybridizers Girija and Viru Viraraghavan, the 2006 Great Rosarians of the World™ honorees. Gene Waering, who is on the executive committee of the American Garden Rose Selections program, was on hand, as well. Waering and Shanley, along with Peter Kukielski, co-authored the book “Sustainable Rose Garden,” which focuses on creating environmentally friendly yet enduring rose gardens, with sustainability as the key. Recognition by GROW™ will bring local, national and international attention, Shanley said.

“The gardens that have received this award in the past have reported it has been instrumental in helping them to receive the support, both public and governmental, that allows them to continue to provide outstanding services to the public,” Shanley said. “The existence of our botanical gardens is continuously threatened by the economic conditions and restrictions felt by most municipalities today. Recognition by GROW™ gives them the visibility to stay in the forefront as necessary institutions that need to have their funding continued, at the very least, and hopefully to have it increased.” During their tour, Waering and the Viraraghavans proposed the idea of adding a Species Garden to Edisto Memorial Gardens that would feature and help preserve many of the original roses that are the foundation for today’s varieties. GROW™ Rose Garden Hall of Fame Awards for 2014 will be presented on Saturday, May 31 next year at the Great Rosarians of the World™ Lecture Series — East at The New York Botanical Garden. According to Shanley, the gardens receiving the award in addition to Edisto Memorial Gardens in Orangeburg will be: Biltmore Rose Garden, Asheville, N.C.; Heritage Rose District, New York City; City of Sakura Rose Garden, Sakura, Japan; Portland International Rose Garden, Portland, Ore.; and Balboa Park Rose Garden, San Diego, Calif. HISTORY OF THE GARDENS The Edisto Memorial Gardens is a place of history and beauty. In 1865, a force of less than six hundred Confederate soldiers gathered on the land that is now the Gardens. Soldiers temporarily halted the advance of the Union Army. On February 12, 1865, outflanked by a much larger force, these defenders were compelled to withdraw to Columbia. A marker honours this site.

This site was first developed in the 1920's with some azaleas on 5 acres of land. A playground was added in 1922, and a greenhouse and nursery facility in 1947. To extend the season of beauty, the first rose garden was planted in 1951. Currently, there are more than 82 beds of roses ranging from miniatures to grandiflora to climbers. The fountain was moved from the Memorial Plaza and placed at the entrance to the Gardens in 1950 to honour the brave individuals who gave their lives in 1st & 2nd World Wars, Korean War, and the Vietnam Conflict. The name was changed to the Edisto Memorial Gardens. The Gardens attract visitors from all over the world because they are filled with award-winning roses, azaleas, and other flora and faunas. The Orangeburg Festival of Roses, one of the Southeastern Tourism Society's top twenty events, is held in Orangeburg the weekend before Mother's Day in May each year to celebrate the blooming of the City's roses.

The Edisto Memorial Gardens displays past and current award winning roses from the All-America Rose Selections. Some 4,800 plants representing at least 75 labeled varieties of roses are always on display in the Gardens. This site is also honored to be one of only 15 official test gardens in the United Sates sanctioned by the All-America Rose Selections, Inc. This test garden, which was established in 1973, is dedicated to recognizing up to five of the most desirable hybrid rose introductions each year. In 2008, The Gardens became affiliated with the American Rose Society's testing program - Award of Excellence. This program picks the top miniature and mini-flora roses in the US. The rose named 'Edisto' is one of these winners. Also in 2008, the Noisette Garden was planted. This rose is they only class of rose to be created in North America - Charleston,SC to be exact. Currently 55 varieties are on display and more added as they are found. The 200th Anniversary of the Noisette Rose will be held in August of 2011 at the Edisto Memorial Gardens.

The Children's Garden Christmas is a drive through light display coordinated by the City of Orangeburg, the Parks and Recreation Department and the Department of Public Utilities. This event features a one-half mile trail through the Edisto Memorial Gardens featuring 30 animated displays, 20 still displays and 60 lighted cherry trees. The Kids Walk with an additional 18 displays. The lighted displays vary in size from 6 feet to 20 feet tall. The Gardens are illuminated seven days a week from the Monday before Thanksgiving to New Year's Day for everyone to enjoy free of charge. In July 1992, a major new theme was added to the Gardens with the establishment of the Horne Wetlands Park. This 2,600 foot boardwalk takes the visitor into a Tupelo/Cypress wetland that lies between the Display Garden and the North fork of the Edisto River. The Park also features a boat dock with a gazebo. The boardwalk is fully handicap accessible. The Gardens also feature a butterfly garden, a serenity garden, and a sensory garden. Also, a beautiful terrace garden has been developed on the river side of the Arts Centre. The Edisto Memorial Gardens are open seven days a week from dawn to dusk. Admission is free to the public.   Over 600,000 visitors experience the Gardens each year. Visitors come from all fifty states and some foreign countries. The Gardens are located within the City limits on U.S. Highway 301 just four blocks from the heart of the City. The average peak Spring blooms of crab apple, azaleas, dogwood, etc. is from March 15 to April 15. Roses begin blooming soon after the middle of April and continue until the first killing frost of November.

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Apr 10 • 2013 • AnniversaryGardenGroundMemorialNorth.TrustPiperRose Gardens



Thousands of roses have been planted in Hazlehead Park's Piper Alpha memorial garden as part of a campaign to ensure the site flourishes for generations to come.

Aberdeen City Council is working with Oil & Gas UK and the Pound for Piper Trust to help improve and maintain what has become a poignant tribute to the 167 men who lost their lives in 1988 North Sea tragedy.

Council staff prepared the ground and planted the bulk of the 11,320 roses, which should be in full bloom in time for July, which will mark the 25th anniversary of the disaster.

The Pound for Piper Trust has gained the support of the oil and gas industry, with Oil & Gas UK member companies providing generous donations to cover around £140,000 of the total £150,000 cost of the refurbishment.

Aberdeen City Council is providing the remainder of the funding while carrying out the majority of the restoration work and maintaining the gardens.

Kerri Henderson, whose dad died in the Piper Alpha tragedy eight days before she was born, helped plant the final roses during a ceremony in the gardens on Tuesday [09 April]. She was joined by representatives from Aberdeen City Council, Pound for Piper Trust, Oil & Gas UK, Cockers Roses and Aberdeen Sea Cadets.

Councillor Neil Cooney, Convener of Aberdeen City Council's Housing and Environment Committee, said: "The memorial garden and statue is a very special place for Aberdeen citizens and the wider oil and gas industry, particularly for those whose lives have been affected by this tragedy. It is a place for quiet contemplation and reflection so it is therefore essential that it is attractive, well looked after and maintained to as high a standard as possible.

"Council staff already work hard on its upkeep but this additional support from the oil and gas community, both on and offshore, will bring a huge boost. We are extremely grateful for their generosity and hope we can continue to work together in meaningful ways so the memory of the victims of the Piper Alpha tragedy lives on."

Carol Banks, Pound for Piper Trust founder, said: "This is a momentous day for everyone who has worked hard to make it possible. Since we set up Pound for Piper, we've been overwhelmed by the support of the onshore and the offshore community as well as the oil and gas industry which has backed the Trust both financially and in spirit."

Geoff Holmes, CEO of Talisman Sinopec Energy UK Limited and a member of the Oil & Gas UK board added: "The industry's support for this campaign has been inspirational; it demonstrates how passionate we all are about ensuring we remember those who lost their lives. The incredible efforts of the Pound for Piper team mean that the much-loved and important memorial to Piper Alpha will thrive for many years to come."

Some 10,200 hybrid tea and floribunda roses (58 varieties) have been planted along with 599 ground cover roses, 171 hybrid musk roses and 350 rugosa roses.

The planting plan is designed to provide a good contrast of colour and height and was drawn up by Cockers Roses and Aberdeen City Council officers.

Other work will include rejuvenating grass areas, treatment of the perimeter hedging and trees to allow light and nutrients to the flower beds, maintenance of the benches, cleaning of the memorial and renewal of the lettering on the memorial plaque

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Sep 22 • 2012 • MemorialParksPlanted.ShuttleRose NewsRose.Garden.Bushes


The Space Shuttle Crew Remembered

Brenda Vice, a former Palestine parks and recreation director, wants the memorial rose garden originally built to honor the crew lost in the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger disaster rebuilt.

The Space Shuttle Challenger (mission STS-51-L) broke apart shortly into its flight over the Atlantic Ocean on the morning of Jan. 28, 1986, leading to the deaths of its seven crew members — Michael J. Smith, Dick Scobee, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis and Judith Resnik.

After the disaster, it was under Vice’s direction that the parks and recreation department with the city’s approval planted a memorial rose garden which featured seven rose bushes in honor of the seven crew members killed and a bronze plaque. The garden was located on Crockett Road across Reagan Park, in the grassy area next to where the yellow depot use to be.

“The rose garden had a rose bush for each astronaut who died aboard the Challenger and a beautiful bronze plaque with their names on it,” Vice explained.

The former Palestine resident who now resides in New Mexico still has family here and visits often. It was during one of her visits that she discovered the rose garden no longer existed.

“About a year and half ago I noticed that the rose garden once located on Crockett Road in front of Reagan Park is no longer there,” she said. “We planted that garden to commemorate and honor the Challenger astronauts.

“I would like to know what happened to the rose garden the city dedicated to the seven astronauts killed in the Challenger disaster.”

Not wanting Palestine to lose part of its past, Vice began inquiring about the garden.

She said she called the city of Palestine about a year and half ago and after not hearing from anyone enlisted the help of longtime Palestine resident and local historian, Bonnie Woolverton. It was Woolverton through her persistence who discovered that the rose garden was hit and destroyed by a vehicle years ago.

Woolverton also found that the bronze plaque was stored in a locker at the city warehouse.

Vice said she again contacted city officials and asked what it would take to replace the rose bushes and put the plaque back up.

“They told me they (the city) would take a donation,” Vice said. “So I sent the city a check for $50 to replace the seven rose bushes.”

According to Vice, the check she mailed to the city was cashed but the rose garden was not replanted.

When Vice was in town last April for her father’s funeral, she discovered that the city had planted one rose bush at the Museum for East Texas Culture under the plaque for Coach Bob Knight. She was not certain if that rose bush was purchased with her money.

Vice said her frustration is with the delayed response she has received from city officials.

“The parks and recreation department spent money in 1986 to build that beautiful rose garden for the Challenger astronauts. We had a nice ceremony with a 21-gun salute. For the city to drag its feet, buy one rose bush and put up no plaque is frustrating.”

Her efforts to rebuild the rose garden have been ongoing for the past 18 months.

“The rose garden needs to be back. I have offered to send more money,” Vice said. “I’ve even offered to come back and build it myself. Those astronauts died and we commemorated their death with that rose garden.

“I’m willing to help, I’ve sent them money to buy rose bushes, and they (city officials) didn’t do what they said they were going to do,” a frustrated Vice said.

Not one to give up, Vice began trying to contact Mayor Bob Herrington, who emailed her last April.

Herrington said initially he didn’t know about the rose garden.

“That’s gonna happen when you get new council members,” the mayor said.

“The city still has the plaque but it’s in pretty bad shape. There’s a dent in it and it has mold. It’s still readable but it is damaged.”

He said perhaps the best way to proceed is to have an item considering the rose garden placed before the parks and recreation department and let it decide what to do.

The mayor said he would make sure the item gets on an agenda for consideration soon.

“Brenda was so good, she really improved the parks in Palestine,” Herrington said. “I understand her desire to rebuild the rose garden.”

Herrington hinted that rebuilding the Challenger rose garden closer to the Museum for East Texas Culture was a possibility.

“It would be a better location,” he said.

“It’s symbolic in its own way. We want to do what’s right but there’s been a ton of activity this summer with the parks and recreation department,” the mayor said. “The parks and recreation department has been overwhelmed with projects this summer.”

Herrington said he was pleased to learn of Vice’s efforts to rebuild the rose garden.

“I’m glad Brenda brought it up. Now’s a good time,” he said, citing that the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility, which was renamed after the 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy, was expanding its efforts to get more involved in the community.

“It may be a good time to rededicate both the Columbia facility and the memorial garden for the Challenger crew,” the mayor said. “We can address everything and have a lasting memorial to those two tragic events.”

As for Vice’s offer to help rebuild the rose garden, the mayor quickly stated, “the city loves volunteers.

“We have no problem with her coming back to help with it. It would be fitting for her to come back and help with it. I’m glad she wants to help. We’re gonna make it happen.”

Vice is quick to admit that she just wants the town she “calls home” to continue to grow but not at the expense of its past.

“When I go home to Palestine, it’s like going home. I’m so proud of that town, it’s like a little piece of Americana,” she said.

Although all for progress and improvement, Vice believes the city should take care of the history that’s here.

“Don’t destroy your history to put in the new stuff,” she stressed.

She also believes that Herrington will get the ball rolling.

“He loves Palestine. He’s a Palestine boy; he’s gonna get it done,” she said.

Vice worked as director of the city parks and recreation department for about 10 years in the early 1980s. Under her leadership, the department put in the popular dolphin and wading pool at Reagan Park. She remembers the city honoring the Palestine Lions Club for funding the wading pool in the park.

“I loved working for the city,” she continued. “But I just hate to see things that were put there to stay forever and ever and then because they’re destroyed are gone.”

It’s her love of Palestine that fuels Vice’s desire to rebuild the rose garden.

“I love that town. I never give up. This (rose garden) has got to happen. The city needs to give me the authorization to come back and do it. I can replant the rose bushes, run a soaker (water) hose and hook up a timer. I can be there (Palestine) in 12 hours.”

Vice suggested that once in place, a local garden club may adopt the memorial rose garden as one of its projects.

“Let’s get it done,” she pleaded. “There’s going to be seven rose bushes in that rose garden, all different colors. Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties to choose from.



Jun 03 • 2012 • GardenGardenerGrowersMemorialParkRoseRose News

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Well done, Joe Mocsan.

Our community gives you your just desserts next weekend when the rose garden in Chippawa Park is re-named The Joseph L. Mocsan Memorial Rose Garden.

How fitting is that! I can’t help but think the roses will be even better looked after now that you will be there with them in name and spirit, not so much a guardian angel but a guardian gardener. How comforting is that!

No doubt about it, you did more than anyone to foster a rose culture in the city that is known as Canada’s Rose City. You went out of your way to encourage friends, even strangers, to grow roses in their residential gardens.

You went out of your way to offer advice about how to properly prune a hybrid tea. You went out of your way to provide books and periodicals, often paying for them out of pocket, to help gardeners become better rose growers. You went out of your way to be mentor to many.

You were part of the four-member committee given responsibility for finding a rose that would become the city’s official rose. You and the committee members — Peter Boyce, Gord Rendall and Wayne Rohaly — certainly rose to the challenge, picking out a beauty. A few thousand City of Welland rose bushes can now be found in public and private gardens in our community.

You were a formidable competitor in the rose show sponsored by the Welland Horticultural Society over the years.

Unforgettable was the sight of Joe Mocsan making his way toward Seaway Mall’s centre court, two or three pails in hand with cut roses ready to be entered in the competition. Your timing was classic — close to entry deadline time so that other growers were always left wondering: Where is Joe Mocsan? Will he be taking part in today’s show? Will I have better chance to win a trophy or two if he isn’t here?

You took pride in and found it an honour to organize the Rose Festival’s rose show for many years. Despite having roses from the preceding day’s horticultural society show and many, many flowers in your garden to cut and enter, you never did if memory serves me correctly. It was a matter of principle for you — a rose show chair should never submit entries in his or her own show, you believed.

Friendships were important to you. Garden friendships involved many, many people. But you nurtured and tended relationships with people from your profession, teaching; people at the golf course, Port Colborne Golf and Country Club in particular; people at the local camera and colour slide club, and many others.

I still have mementoes of our friendship — a book about old English roses that you wanted me to have, a container of powdered sulphur that you dropped off to use as a topical treatment on disease-affected leaves when need arose and three copies of rose-evaluating booklets published by the American Rose Society, all of them paid for out your pocket, as you did for others who received it.

Your children Paul, Bill, Sandy and Nancy and grandchildren are proud of you and your legacy.

“This is truly the ultimate recognition that can be bestowed upon my father,” Sandy said in an e-mail to me just the other day.

Bill wrote: “My father was very proud of his Welland roots. A rose garden bearing his name is a perfect legacy that recognizes and honours his civic pride and all of the things that were important to him — family, gardening and in particular, roses.”

They and many others will be in Chippawa Park on Saturday, June 9 when the re-naming ceremony is held. That beautiful rose garden will be forever associated with the city’s pre-eminent rosarian as its name becomes the Joseph L. Mocsan Memorial Rose Garden.

How fitting is that!


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Mar 02 • 2012 • AnniversaryEarthGrowMemorialPlantedRose GardenRose NewsRose Show

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A ROSE garden will grow as a permanent memorial to the 193 men, women and children who died when the ill-fated Herald of Free Enterprise capsized off Zeebrugge 25 years ago.

Dover mayor Ronnie Philpott and the Reverend David Ridley, the vicar of St Mary's, turned the first spade of earth at the site at the rear of the Gateway flats last Friday. Twenty-five white rose bushes are expected to be planted at the plot in time for the memorial service at St Mary's on Tuesday.

Mr Ridley said: "There has never really been anywhere outside in Dover as a place for people to come and remember except for Whitfield Woods.

"The seafront is close to the port and so it seemed the appropriate place for it to be. As this is the 25th anniversary it also seemed a suitable time to do something."

Dover District Council donated the land and will plant the rose bushes while Dover Town Council will carry out the maintenance.

Mr Ridley added: "The roses should be in by March 6, in time for the service and, if not, then we will plant the first roses on that day."

Cllr Philpott added: "This is very important for the people of Dover as a mark of respect for the 25th anniversary.

"It is somewhere people can come every day of the year to remember their loved ones and reflect on things in general.

"It has a nice view of the sea and it is lovely that there are benches so people can sit down."

A remembrance service will be held at St Mary's, which has the names of those who died listed on a tablet at the foot of a memorial window, at 2.30pm on Tuesday with the Bishop of Dover, the Right Reverend Trevor Willmott, preaching.

Stars made of card will be signed by all those who want to leave messages and those messages, which will then be transcribed into a book of remembrance.

After the service, at 4.30pm, there will be a reunion for seafarers and family members in the parish centre followed by a dedication at the rose garden, which is at the site of the former fountain at the east end of the seafront gardens.

Following this, survivors and families of those who lost their lives will cast flowers into the water from the Prince of Wales Pier.

The church will be open from 10am to 6pm for those who wish to offer a silent prayer.

Dover mayor Ronnie Philpott and Councillor Sue Jones will also attend a memorial service on Sunday, March 4 in Zeebrugge.

The City Council of Bruges is inviting all survivors and families of those who died to the service, which starts at 9.30am.

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The Barossa Rose and Floral Show has found a new home at Barossa Chateau at Lyndoch.

Mary Frick, secretary of the Australian Rose Society and a member of the Barossa Rose and Floral Show made the announcement at a celebration on Tuesday night.

Barossa Chateau was celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Queen opening the Barossa Chateau Rose Garden.

Queen Elizabeth II opened the garden in the year of her Golden Jubilee, on February 28, 2002.

Trevor Lang, David Ruston, Igor Moiseff, Dean Stringer and Tamara Moiseff, who all attended the garden opening ten years ago, joined in the anniversary celebrations.

A crowd of 110 attended to event, many of those from the rose fraternity, who were delighted to hear the news the Barossa Rose and Floral Show would call Barossa Chateau and the Rose Garden home.

Chateau owners Mark and Mandy Creed told the crowd they were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to reconnect the gardens of Lyndoch Hill and Barossa Chateau.

Lyndoch Hill covers about 15 acres, and once combined with Barossa Chateau, the overall area is around 25 acres.

About 22 acres of that is dedicated to gardens, so it has been returned to its original and intended design.

The gardens host over 30,000 roses, and while about 535 varieties have been identified, more than 2000 varieties were originally planted, both modern and heritage

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